JOHANNESBURG (Information) – A senior lawmaker for South Africa’s governing African Nationwide Congress social gathering was arrested on Thursday on a corruption cost and launched on bail after a court docket look, police stated.
Bongani Bongo, a former state safety minister beneath former president Jacob Zuma, is accused of interfering with an inquiry into corruption at state energy utility Eskom, police spokesman Hangwani Mulaudzi instructed Information.
Bongo allegedly requested the inquiry’s proof chief to go on sick depart in 2017 to frustrate its progress and supplied “an open cheque bribe”, Mulaudzi stated.
Bongo, who was not instantly accessible for remark, chairs parliament’s portfolio committee on house affairs.
The ANC chief whip’s workplace stated in an announcement that it will not remark intimately as a result of it wished to permit the regulation to take its course.
Bongo appeared within the Cape City Magistrates’ Court docket and was launched on bail of 5,000 rand ($338.70). He’s due again in court docket on Jan. 31.
As a part of Bongo’s bail circumstances he should not journey overseas with out informing investigators and should not intrude with witnesses, police and the ANC assertion stated.
Reporting by Alexander Profitable, Enhancing by William Maclean